Treo 680 Colours For Cingular Now Available
Over the past few weeks some Treonauts may have read news/rumours that some of the Unlocked Treo 680 colours – starting with Copper (Orange) – were “disappearing” from Palm’s website until eventually today only the standard Graphite (Grey) remains available to buy for $399…
The reason for this is that Palm received a significant order for its entire coloured Treo 680 stock from none other than Cingular… Therefore, without much fanfare, Palm stopped selling all coloured Unlocked Treo 680 models (Arctic, Copper and Crimson below) and instead began selling Cingular-branded Treo 680 smartphones in these same colours – available under a variety of monthly plans from $39.99/month to $199.99/month.
For Treonauts looking to purchase an Unlocked Treo 680 smartphone this unfortunately means that now they will only have access to the Graphite model for $399 (above left). However, the good news is that those who have been yearning to purchase a coloured Treo 680 but did not want to pay $399 for the Unlocked model will now be able to get one (with a two year contract from Cingular for example) for as little as $199 (after rebates). [Please note that the Graphite Cingular Treo 680 also continues to be available in our store for FREE after rebates.]
I am thrilled about these news for two reasons. On the one hand I am delighted that my own personal collection of all four Unlocked Treo 680 colours pictured here are now sure to become a bit of a collector’s item… More seriously, the fact that Cingular has now embraced all Treo 680 colours is a very significant development that to me clearly indicates both the success of this smartphone model as well as Cingular’s commitment to continue to invest in its promotion.
As I have noted previously however (see Cingular Treo 680: Available in Black & Silver) one of my biggest disappointments regarding colour remains the fact that Palm did not release a ‘Limited Edition’ Treo 680 model in Rubberized Black which could have been sold for up to $100 or more above the base price of an unlocked model. I have to assume that Palm did envisage this possibility but did not pursue it due to perceived low demand and/or profitability.
If you have not already upgraded or purchased your own Treo 680 in Graphite or any of the three other (Arctic, Copper and Crimson) colours I can for my part tell you that I have found absolutely no reason to seriously complain since getting mine(s) some three months ago – I am absolutely delighted with it.
Treonauts always lead colourful lives…